Herd of Morrinsville?

If not, Morrinsville is a small town in the Waikato that’s big on cows – farming them and turning them into street art to help tell the story of the town’s history and heritage.

Herd of Heathcotes painted by Helen Rowlands (39)

Herd of Heathcotes painted by Helen Rowlands (39)

The Herd of Cows? website has a street art trail map so you can find the 48 members of the colourful herd and read about the artists that painted them. Some of the art work on the cows is wonderfully whimsical, and one of the cows is a whopper – Mabel the 6.5 metre tall mega cow stands … Read the rest

Curious Clocks

Maybe I have too much time on my hands, but after seeing the neat historical clock in the Old Bank Arcade in Wellington I thought I’d look for other curious clocks around the country. There’s no better place to start than a clock museum …..

Claphams Clock Museum, Town Basin, Whangarei
Claphams Clock Museum in Whangarei has over 1600 clocks and timepieces. The collection was started in 1961 when the Whangarei City Council paid a token sum for 400 clocks belonging to local man Archibald Clapham.

Gymnast alarm clock at Claphams Clock Museum

Gymnast alarm clock at Claphams Clock Museum

Archibald was an aspiring clock-maker turned clock … Read the rest

Mills Reef Winery, Tauranga

Tauranga isn’t grape growing country so Mills Reef Winery is an unexpected find. The art deco Mills Reef Winery building gives a clue though as to where the grapes used to make the wines are grown – Hawkes Bay. Red wines are a specialty at Mills Reef and their Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2016 won a trophy award at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards this year. There’s a tasting room onsite so before taking a seat for a meal you can taste some of the wines to help you decide what to order from the wine menu.

We like to … Read the rest

Has Banksy been in Rotorua?

Probably not. However I spent some time Googling phrases like ‘How do you know if it’s a genuine Banksy?’ before I came to that conclusion. It was fascinating reading, if you find the real deal on a wall here’s some of what you’re likely to need – 24 hour security, a diamond chainsaw, a team of art curators and builders, and a lot of money to pay for it all.

Power Trippin - Banksy-esque art work in Rotorua

Power Trippin – Banksy-esque art work in Rotorua

How do you know if you’ve found a genuine Banksy? A couple of tips – Banksy’s work is painted in busy areas … Read the rest

Three Memorable Meals in Rarotonga

So much food so little time, infact there are 30 plus places to eat dinner in Rarotonga and we went out 10 times so that’s a lot of places we didn’t get to, but here are three of the best we did:

Sails Restaurant, Muri – lagoon side dining
www.sailsrestaurant.co.ck
You can sit on the deck at Sails Restaurant and look out over Muri Lagoon while deciding what to order from the menu which is a mix of small and large plates, meat and seafood dishes. The Rau Rau Platter ($30) caught my eye as it was a chance to … Read the rest

Muri Night Market, Rarotonga

Muri Night Market is held on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights from 5pm – 9pm (weather permitting). The market is next to Muri Beachcomber accommodation where you’ll also find the bus stop. Take cash as there is no EFTPOS, there is an ANZ ATM nearby. Most mains are $10 – $15, desserts like chocolate eclairs and coconut cheesecake are $5+.

Do a local school as well as the environment a favour by renting a plate and cutlery for a gold coin donation, such a brilliant initiative ….

Rent a plate at Muri Night Market

Rent a plate at Muri Night Market

Noodle Tent – choose your … Read the rest

Beach Hop 2018

There were a few unusual vehicles in the Grand Parade at Beach Hop this year including a yellow electric 1957 Ford Fairlane. If you’re in New Zealand you’ve probably seen Ron and Malcolm making a quiet getaway in the big yellow Ford in the Mercury Energy TV ad (if not follow the link).

Electric 1957 Ford Fairlane at Beach Hop 2018

Electric 1957 Ford Fairlane at Beach Hop 2018

We were talking about what makes Beach Hop one of the best car events we’ve been to and for us one of the many reasons is the sound, it’s not a quiet car event as anyone who stands on … Read the rest

Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

If you’re visiting Isle of Pines on a cruise ship, chances are a tender will take you to shore where the sandy curve of Kuto Bay stretches out in front of you, with the seaside restaurant at Hotel Kou Bugny in the distance. It’s about an 800 metre walk to Hotel Kou Bugny and you’ll most likely pass BBQ’s and food stalls set up by locals for visiting cruise ship passengers.

Isle of Pines - Kuto Bay and the seaside bar and restaurant at Hotel Kou Bugny

Isle of Pines – Kuto Bay and the seaside bar and restaurant at Hotel Kou Bugny

Food and drink stall at Kuto Bay, Isle of Pines

Food and drink stall at Kuto Bay, Isle of Pines

If your plans … Read the rest